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14UK automakers prototype flywheel hybrid system with claimed 20% gain in fuel economy

When you pair up automakers like Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford, with hybrid powertrain developer Flybrid Systems, engineering consultants Prodrive and Ricardo and transmissions experts Torotrak and Xtrac, you'll either end up with a load of industry experts duking it out over some trivial aspect of a vehicle, or, as in this case, a collective group of like-minded people working at specialized companies that possess the ability to get 'er done.

AddFlying Lizard's Patrick Long tests the Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid

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3Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid makes it to the podium in second outing

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18Porsche 911 GT3 Hybrid podiums in second outing

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23Videos: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses Williams F1 flywheel KERS

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11Video: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid uses Williams F1 flywheel KERS

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1Williams stops hybrid KERS development for F1, focuses on non-motorsport applications

The hybrid drive development unit of the Williams Formula One team has decided to stop working on its Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for the team. Instead, the Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) division will target the flywheel electric KERS at road going applications. In spite of ending the system's motorsports development, WHP has actually doubled the size of its staff as it has adjusted.

AddJaguar Land Rover behind flywheel hybrid tech in UK

When the Technology Strategy Board received funding in May for various eco-projects, one of the items on the TSB's list was a flywheel-based hybrid drive system. Connected automakers Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford are part of this project (along with Flybrid Systems, Ford Motor Company, Prodrive, Ricardo UK Ltd, Torotrak plc, and Xtrac Ltd.) and the Technology Strategy Board announced this week that the flywheel technology is proceeding as planned. We have a lot of hope for flywheel tech, and it ma

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